Operation Christmas Child
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays because of the amount of warmth in terms of both family and calories. I especially like how this holiday is rooted religiously but has become secular and accepted by everybody! It just shows every person regardless of personal faith is capable of accepting mercy and thanks and loveee.
This past Sunday my friend made me aware of a project from Samaritan’s Purse called Operation Christmas Child, where you pack gifties for children in a shoebox. These shoeboxes will be distributed to under privileged children from all over the WORLD. What’s better than spending the pre-Thanksgiving weekend being thankful that I am financially able enough to give back?
My friend and I were really pressed for time because it was the second to last day to drop off these Christmas presents at participating churches, and transportation to drop-off locations is not easy in New York. We had exactly 3 hours to shop, pack, wrap, and drop, so we didn’t waste our precious time!
I decided to pack a box for a girl as well as a boy, and picked out matching presents because I think that’s adorable:
- A generic cutie owl plush for the girl, and OLAF for the boy because on my way to the store I walked past a window with Olaf painted on it.
- Coloring wood slabs that actually had a princess and a pirate option!
- A little bracelet and a little basketball.
- There are things called popup stickers now, and I don’t know what they are but I picked one with dolls and one with cars.
- Little kitten figurines and GI soldiers that some dad who had a 6-year-old son recommended to me.
- Crayons and a mini sketchpad for both, because all children need the chance and freedom to be absolutely creative.
It was not cheap, but I just bought all of the things the little girl in me secretly wanted. I hope these kids will be happy since they probably won’t be getting any other presents. When I was a kid my parents could only afford to buy me stuff during the holidays so it was a HUGE deal to get any presents at all. I even remember the year we finally had enough money to get me multiple presents for Christmas.
The last challenge of the day was wrapping the presents I had packed, because I’ve never wrapped anything before! Whenever I had to give birthday presents my mom would do the wrapping because my craftsmanship skills are so bad. These presents were very badly wrapped, so I hope the children can be excited enough about my gifts to overlook it!
I chose to stay anonymous instead of giving the children my contact information, so that they can see it is God out there who loves them. After all, when they are given these gifts they are also presented with the Gospel of Jesus and a chance to join a discipleship program at church so that they too will be welcomed into God’s arms. That’s why it’s actually not too late to build a box even now! There’s an option online to build a box digitally by paying for the items, then the box will be packed and shipped for you. If you want to do some Black Friday shopping today, shopping for a child is not a bad idea!